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Trek recalls nearly 1 million bicycles after rider paralyzed

Tennessee bike riders should be aware that nearly one million Trek bicycles have been recalled in the United States and Canada due to concerns the bike’s front wheel can come loose, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. One rider was left paralyzed by such an incident.

The recall involves all Trek bicycle models produced between 2000 and 2015 that feature front disc brakes and a silver or black quick-release switch that opens 180 degrees on the front wheel hub. Reportedly, the bike’s quick-release switch can open more than 180 degrees and touch its front disc brake, causing the wheel to completely separate from the body or come to a sudden stop. Trek bikes featuring quick-release switches that do not open 180 degrees are not involved in the recall.

Trek said that three accidents have been reported, and riders were injured in each incident. Injuries included facial injuries, a broken wrist and injuries that caused a rider to become a quadriplegic. Approximately 900,000 of the bikes were sold in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada. They were priced from $480 to $1,650. Owners of the recalled models are advised to stop using the bicycle immediately and contact a Trek retailer to receive a free replacement quick-release switch, which will be installed free of charge.

Those who suffer injuries due to defective products may wish to consult with an attorney. In some cases, it may be possible to file a dangerous product lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking damages that would cover the expense of ongoing medical care and treatment, lost wages and other amounts.

Source: USA Today, “Nearly 1 million bikes recalled after rider paralyzed,” Derry London, April 22, 2015

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